Need to identify buildings for COVID patients: Jacob Zhimomi

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/28/2020 9:32:05 AM IST

Minister of PHED, Jacob Zhimomi convened a co-ordination meeting with the Dimapur district administration and Police to discuss pertinent issues and action plan to be taken up in combating COVID-19. According to DIPR report, advisor of Sericulture, Excise and Minority Affairs, Zhaleo Rio and Azheto, MLA, were also present in the meeting held at the residential office of Jacob on May 28.

Jacob expressed concern while stating that Dimapur hospital which has been designated as COVID-19 Hospital may run out of facilities and felt the urgency for keeping additional COVID hospitals ready, owing to the fact that stranded Naga returnees have started arriving from other states in large numbers. Jacob noted that action plan has to start for identifying dedicated buildings for keeping the positive patients with dedicated doctors. Jacob also mentioned that COVID positive patients ought to be given priority for accommodation in the hotels. There is no medicine for COVID so the best option is prevention, he maintained. In the meeting, the ongoing renovation at Ganeshnagar to be converted as quarintine center was also discussed. In this regard, Jacob informed that water supply and electrification works at Ganeshnagar were in full swing and the centre would be operational very soon. 

In the meeting, the issue for arranging protective gears for the designated team at quarintine centers was also highlighted for necessary action. Zhaleo Rio lauded the enforcement agencies of Dimapur district and noted that they were doing very well. He also highlighted the requirements needed under Medziphema including pool vehicle for transporting health workers to which DC Dimapur assured to provide a vehicle for the same.

Azheto, while lauding the police for keeping vigil on the border areas, encouraged them to continue to guard the borders as a preventive measure against the pandemic. Azheto also highlighted on the need for strengthening the medical facilities at CHC and PHC Dhansiripar as quarintine centers is to be operational very soon.

The meeting also discussed for total lockdown of Dimapur district when special trains carrying stranded Naga people in large numbers reaches Dimapur. However if the train reaches at night the lockdown will not be enforced, the members decided. Legislators of Dimapur district thanked all the civil societies from various tribes, NGOs, churches and the public in general for coming forward to help/assist the government during such extra ordinary times. Government is ready to receive any productive advice from the civil societies, NGOs, churches, Jacob added. The meeting was attended by DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi and commissioner Police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo.


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